Toronto Blues Society
Formed in 1985 by a group of enthusiasts who saw legendary blues nightclub Albert�s Hall spike blues interest and wanted to protect the stability of Toronto�s blues with an organization. This group included Derek Andrews, David Barnard and John Valenteyn. They wanted to ensure that blues music, an indigenous North American art form, was guaranteed a continued presence in Toronto. Although the blues scene at the time was thriving, it had almost disappeared during the late 1970s disco era. This suggested the need for an organization that would work to create a climate in which the opportunities for live performances, radio airplay and national touring that can make a career in music viable were being made available to blues musicians. Interest in the organization was immediate, and a paid membership of over 500 was established within two years.